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Rachmaninoff, Sergei (1873 – 1943)

Autograph quotation by the composer

An autograph  note signed by Rachmaninoff on his personal letterhead. He writes in fountain pen ink to ‘my dear young friends’. In full: ‘My message to you is: Remember Gerhart Hauptmann’s words: “Nature is a workshop and man is the workman therein”.’

In generally fine condition, with folds and scattered staining. Interestingly, Rachmaninoff appears to have misattributed this piece of advice; it appears in Ivan Turgenev’s Fathers and Sons.